Report: Judge says 'sanctuary' jail led to immigration sweep

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal magistrate judge in Texas said Monday that U.S. immigration officials had informed him that large-scale arrests in Austin were ordered as a result of the local sheriff adopting "sanctuary" policies in her jail.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin made the claims in open court and audio of his comments were posted by the Austin American-Statesman. His suggestion that the arrests in February — which rattled advocacy groups at the time — were retaliation is contrary to U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement previously saying the sweeps were business as usual.

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